1. Market Research
  2. > Top Headlines
  3. > Top Headlines - part 11

Top Headlines - part 11

Ford Shortens Summer Shutdown for 14 Plants

Ford Shortens Summer Shutdown for 14 Plants

BUSINESS

Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. auto manufacturer, plans to shorten the annual summer shutdown at five of its manufacturing plants and nine stamping and powertrain plants in preparation to produce an extra 40,000 vehicles.

This is the third consecutive year, Ford has shortened its shutdown.

Read more »

Land Rover Working on Vehicle That Senses Pot Holes

Land Rover Working on Vehicle That Senses Pot Holes

BUSINESS

British luxury auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is hoping to make driving a lot smoother and reduce vehicle damage.

The company has developed technology that senses potholes and alerts drivers. It also will be able to sense broken drains and raised manhole covers.

Read more »

On Order Since 2012, Tesla Ready to Release Model X

On Order Since 2012, Tesla Ready to Release Model X

BUSINESS

Tesla Motors Inc., the smallest and youngest publicly held American automaker,will release its long awaited Model X SUV, CEO Elon Musk says, in three to four months.

On order since it was unveiled as a concept car in February 2012, the Model X was originally planned to go into production in 2013 with a scheduled delivery in August 2015. Technical glitches delayed production several times.

Read more »

U.S. Justice Department Probe of General Motors Released

U.S. Justice Department Probe of General Motors Released

BUSINESS

The U.S. Justice Department has released an interview it conducted last year with General Motor Co. CEO Mary Barra.

The interview was concerning the company’s ignition-switch problems. The switches slipped out of place, turning off the engine, airbags, power steering and power brakes. GM knew of the issue for a decade but did not issue a recall until 2014.

Read more »

NHTSA Unveils Prototypes for Anti-drunk Driving Technology

NHTSA Unveils Prototypes for Anti-drunk Driving Technology

BUSINESS

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled two prototypes at the 2015 Mothers Against Drunk Driving national conference aimed at stopping drunk driving.

Unlike breathalyzers used by law enforcement, there is no tube to blow into. The first prototype is a breathalyzer mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The second is a touch sensor in the gear shift or ignition.

Read more »

Google Not Revealing Reports of Accidents with Self-Driving Car Tests

Google Not Revealing Reports of Accidents with Self-Driving Car Tests

BUSINESS

Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder and head of its fleet of self-driving cars, told shareholders the company will not release accident reports involving its autonomous vehicles to protect the privacy of drivers.

Brin said the cars have been involved in a dozen accidents, including one recently where the car was rear-ended in traffic. He said releasing the reports would not reveal any new information.

Read more »

Toyota and Ford Partner For Infotainment System

Toyota and Ford Partner For Infotainment System

BUSINESS

Toyota Motor Co., the world’s largest automaker, is partnering with Ford Motor Co. and its subsidiary Livio to use Ford’s infotainment technology in Toyota vehicles.

The system, called SmartDeviceLink, is similar to Ford’s AppLink platform which is used in 5 million vehicles worldwide.

Read more »

U.S. May Auto Sales Grew at Strongest Rate in a Decade

U.S. May Auto Sales Grew at Strongest Rate in a Decade

BUSINESS

  • GM and Fiat U.S. did well
  • Ford saw a slight decline
  • Foreign automakers saw flat sales

Auto sales in the United States grew at the fastest pace in nearly a decade last month with most customers purchasing SUVS and light trucks.

Other reasons for the influx of sales include warm weather, easier access to credit, an improved economy and Memorial Day sales.

Read more »

Average Auto Loan Length Rising in U.S.

Average Auto Loan Length Rising in U.S.

BUSINESS

  • More than half of loans now longer than five years
  • More drivers opting to lease
  • Senator seeking support for auto-loan legislation

The average length of auto loans has increased in the U.S., to more than five years, according to credit reporting agency Experian’s report “State of the Automobile Finance Market”.

During the first quarter, the average length of a loan was 67 months for a new car and 62 months for used vehicles.

Read more »

GM to Offer CarPlay and Android Auto in 14 Chevy Models

GM to Offer CarPlay and Android Auto in 14 Chevy Models

BUSINESS

General Motors is offering Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto on 14 Chevy 2016 models. The models represent half of Chevy’s sales, 2.4 million vehicles in 2014.

Both systems work by allowing drivers to access music, emails, maps and other apps on their smartphone’s via a vehicle’s center screen. Menus are simplified and buttons are large. They will connect to GM’s MyLink infotainment system.

Read more »

Share

Follow

Browse our categories

Browse our archives

ReportLinker simplifies how Analysts and Decision Makers get industry data for their business.